This one requires almost no exposition at all: the long, dark, cold, lonely path. Not only does our forthcoming book revisit that theme time and again, it’s also a pretty good way of describing any story. At least one worth reading.
This one also came from Google Street View. (See Jon Rafman’s stunning collection 9-eyes.com for many more.) Google doesn’t exactly come out and allow (or forbid) their Street View images for use in an e-book cover, so permission was always a question mark. But the composition of this photograph was never in question. As Rafman wrote in an August 2009 essay: “The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project.”